As Kiss Me Tomorrow by Susan Shreve opens, the "feisty, remarkably resourceful" heroine of Blister (according to PW's starred review) waits for her tardy friend Jonah on the first day of seventh grade. Their changing dynamic is just one of the complications facing Blister, who's still angry with her father for leaving and is not sure what to think of her mother's new boyfriend). Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Gr 5-8-Alyssa "Blister" Reed experiences a whirlwind of change during seventh grade-she and her mother move in with her mother's new boyfriend, and best-friend Jonah repeatedly ditches her in his quest to fit in with the popular kids. When he runs away from home after being set up to take the blame for a theft, ever-resilient Blister seeks to rescue him. While coping with the internal tumult that defines early adolescence and the external changes forced upon her, the girl must figure out whom to trust and how to do the right thing for her friend. To add to her troubles, Jonah confesses that he wants more from Blister than just friendship. The breezy writing and tight plot move this stand-alone sequel to Blister (Scholastic, 2001) along at a clipped pace. Blister is a strong, believable protagonist whose dilemmas and conflicting emotions will resonate with tweens. Shreve deftly portrays the rockiness that typifies seventh grade through the endearing characters, subtle tone, and low-key wit that her readers have come to expect. And, while the cover indicates a fluffy read, there is much food for thought and discussion within the pages of this exceptional book.-Rebecca M. Jones, Fort Myers-Lee County Library, FL Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.